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ODYSSEY TO BAND YOBS FOR A YEAR; Anti-social drinkers bid.


DRINKERS involved in anti-social behaviour were warned yesterday they face a one-year ban from a leading nightspot.

The new programme is being introduced at Belfast's Odyssey Pavilion, home to a string of outlets including pubs, clubs and a concert hall, as part of a scheme to combat crime.

The Belfast Against Night time Disorder (Band) scheme will see Odyssey Pavilion licensees and restaurants serve civil exclusion orders on those committing anti-social behaviour, banning them from all participating outlets.

The scheme was put in force from yesterday.

And police, working in partnership with Belfast City Centre Management and Belfast City Council Community Safety Partnership, said they hoped to see it rolled out across the city. Tom Smith, a management city safe officer, said: "If a person commits anti-social behaviour in a Band member's premises, they will be served an exclusion order for one year.

"Their image may be distributed via a target file to the rest of the Band membership."

Belfast mayor Tom Hartley welcomed the initiative and said it "will provide a safer environment for all".
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 13, 2008
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